El Salvador Hosts Regional Conference on Prevention of Risks

San Salvador, Jul 22 (Prensa Latina) The conference Integrated Efforts against Disaster, and Risk and Adaptation to Climate Change in Central America is underway in El Salvador to discuss joint action on these environmental issues.

The conference was opened Thursday by President Mauricio Funes, who recalled that the region decided at a summit last year in San Salvador to adopt a proactive and comprehensive strategy to address this problem.

Funes said that in that meeting, on July 20, 2010, prevention and risk management was established as the cornerstone in the redevelopment of the Central American Integration System (SICA).

Since last year we have advanced in the definition and implementation of joint regional strategies both in terms of climate change and comprehensive risk management, said Funes.

Funes said that the pro tempore presidency of SICA, to be formally assumed by El Salvador on Friday, aims to fulfill the commitments made at the summit of July 20, 2010.

Funes said that in the next six months, his government will promote all initiatives in this regard to make substantial progress in these spheres.

The President of the Coordination Center for Disaster Prevention in Central America, Nicaraguan Guillermo Jose Gonzalez, recalled at the opening ceremony that the sub region is one of the world’s most vulnerable.

Gonzalez announced that the resolutions adopted at the regional conference will be presented Friday to the heads of state and government in the SICA summit in San Salvador.

Gonzalez said that the fundamental purpose of the participants in the meeting is “to make Central America a safer region under the paradigm of sustainable development and comprehensive risk management.”

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